In Memoriam: Kit Culpepper

Posted by Kit’s husband Steve, from Kit’s personal Facebook page.

Kit Culpepper, from Stroudsburg, PA passed away peacefully in her home amongst family on November 21, 2021. Kit held Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in business, and held prestigious positions over the years in sales, marketing, and talent development. Martin Guitar was her favorite place to work in her 30 year professional career, where she not only created life-long friendships, but where she proudly played a key role in the career development of individuals, teams, and programs that helped shape the future of the legendary guitar company. She was most proud of the friendships she made along the way, always striving to make a difference and to produce outcomes while simultaneously rooted in the principles of inclusion.

We all know how hard it is to get work done through people, but Kit always got the work done “the right way”, by ensuring people felt valued and their contributions acknowledged.

Kit was a self-taught musician, playing rudimentary guitar, but mostly she was a lead singer. Her influences were rooted in classic rock, and some of her heroes were Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, and Chrissy Hynde, but that is really a short list of her inspirations. She loved everything from Led Zeppelin to Barbra Streisand, and she felt music was a gift and a place to get good vibrations. She was in original and tribute bands for over 25 years.

She loved her band mates from Major Kit & the Bionic Defection, Pulp Flannel, Organic Juice, and working with the Craig Thatcher band. Kit loved rehearsing, recording, and playing live shows with her band mates and was always humbled by friends who’d come out to see their shows.

Kit loved her family very much, she had a voracious laugh, a way of making fast friends, an incredible work ethic. She had a reputation for being very candid and direct with her colleagues, friends and family.

Her actions were always in the spirit of connection and honesty. When she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer in June of 2019, Kit began a personal evolution. She departed from old ways of thinking, and followed spiritual gurus like Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Abraham, Louise Hay, Gabby Bernstein, Deepak Chopra, all rooted in self-love and recognition of one’s own power. She preferred not to be remembered as “a fighter of cancer”, because she truly saw cancer as her path to self-love.

With the support of family, friends, and great therapist named Graham, she felt that her life unfolded in “divine perfection”, each day and moment became an adventure filled with infinite possibilities. Kit’s cancer journey became a beautiful path of forgiveness and connection to people and the amazing earth.

Kit felt while it is sad for people we love to pass away, there is more after death, something really indescribable, something not yet captured as data yet. As humans, “if we can’t see it, we don’t believe it”. Kit would encourage you all to be more suggestable, and try to “believe it, so you can see it”. Use her as your spiritual guide. When you are looking for support, a friend, and some guidance, think of her and ask her specifically for a sign… and she will always be there for you, in spirit, smiling, laughing, always encouraging you to love yourself more… Look for that bird, or for that song to suddenly play…

Kit is survived by her husband, Steve, their sweet Yorkie Roxie, her sister Caroline, her brother Ming, her Mom Sandra, her dad, John and her nieces and nephews, Amber, Olivia, Lauren, Tyler, Kyle, Marcus and Illyana, who were the loves of her life.

Smart Women in Music offers its deepest condolences to Kit’s family, as well as her family at C.F. Martin & Co.

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